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Business, as usual

Regarding comments of Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey on MSNBC, 11/16
I don't think this qualifies as a full-fledged article, it's just a comment on a recent statement made by a retired U.S. Army General, Barry McCaffrey, in an interview today with NBC-TV's Matt Lauer. Asked by Lauer how he thought American civilians might respond to seeing the pool video of an American soldier killing a reportedly wounded and unarmed Iraqi man, McCaffrey replied, in part, "Hey, it's a tough business." ( http://www.newscentralasia.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1019)

Upon hearing that statement, I was immediately reminded of a former business mentor of mine, a man thirty years older than me who had spent his life studying business and marketing. "Business," he told me with his usual directness, "is money changing hands."


Or, I guess, in the minds of the military, "business" is just the act of going about doing one's job, obeying the orders of those who are doing Business, as usual.